RB Book Club Selection: Slow Burn by Nicole Christie

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Our Selection for today: Slow Burn by Nicole Christie


It’s the beginning of senior year, and seventeen year old Juliet Somers has made the rash decision to transfer to her boyfriend’s school in an effort to spend more time with him. Sexy bad boy Johnny Parker is a legend at Leclare Academy, and Juliet still can’t believe that an average girl like her was able to tame his wild ways. She can’t wait to start her new school with him by her side.

But one night, Johnny’s self-destructive habits lead to a stunning betrayal–and Juliet realizes she’s made a huge mistake. Now she’s stuck at a school where she doesn’t fit in, and all the girls seem to hate her guts. Even worse, Johnny is determined to get her back, pulling crazy stunts to win her forgiveness. Juliet is resigned to being an outcast for the rest of her senior year, with no friends, and no clue what she wants to do with her life.

Things start to look up when she gets to know some of Johnny’s friends, and finds that some of them are really good guys. With the help of an unlikely ally at her side, Juliet begins to think her situation is not as bad as it seems. As the school year rolls on, she opens herself up to new experiences, makes some huge mistakes, and discovers things about herself she’s not sure she likes.

Juliet resolves to stay strong against Johnny’s seductive tactics, but it’s becoming increasingly harder to deny she still has feelings for him. Will she risk her heart to him again–or will a hot contender manage to sweep her off her feet?

Before Reading:
I wanted to get on to a next book right away, so when I asked RB for my next read she asked me what kind of story I was looking for. I told her it was purely up to her but I would prefer a kooky lovey dovey highschool romance, so I guess that kinda eliminated the “purely up to you” statement(?) Oh well. She named a few books and decided on a book named “Slow Burn” by Nicole Christie.
 I was then threatened FIERCELY and I mean FIERCELY with a capital F- Tyra Banks can’t even compare to how much FIERCE this threat had. Anyways, I was FIERCELY threatened to back away from Dean Youngblood because he is RB’s boyfriend, except for the fact that he’s fictional and has no clue about it… Yet. Ever.
I had a hard time finding the book tho because I was looking for a blurb with Dean Youngblood being mentioned and I only found one with a certain Johnny Parker being mentioned.
Tip: They don’t have the book in ePub, so use http://tuebl.ca/. Thanks, RB! 
After Reading: 
I am going to say one bad thing because I can’t think of any other “bad thing(s)” to say. The grammar and spelling was pretty bad at some parts of the book. The words were also very selective and not very flowery, but as Earnest Hemmingway said, “Big words don’t mean big emotions.” It also worked with the theme and background, so the lack of flowery in the book didn’t really bother me. The over-all feel, felt like my friends were making me kwento or I was the one blabbing about my personal problems, so it made me feel really easy going. I laughed so hard in some parts of the books and openly got kilig with matching unconscious smiles while reading the book. The worst part was when I read the book in public people would start staring at me for giving my phone googly eyes. My friends even thought I was texting a new guy I just met because I looked like I got a very #kiligerz text. HA! Me pa… Yeah, there are so many fish in the sea, but Id rather sun bathe.
There were times wherein I found Juliet Somers so totes relates, but there were some times where I was simply screaming (Take note simply screaming) at her for being a dumb basic betch who should’ve chose DEAN right away! I don’t give two flying fruit cakes what Johnny thinks. He’s been with tons of other girls after them, so why can’t she have her Dean Cake? Okay, so yeah he’s Johnny’s step brother, but hey Johnny’s a douche. It practically ties them, right? If I were in her place tho, I would share the same indecisiveness. Can’t really blame the girl.
I was such a happy duckling during the Jean (Juliet+Dean) days! BOYS BETTER TAKE FREAKING FOOT NOTES! Maybe, just maybe, I would start fishing if boys like Dean Youngblood start knocking on my freaking door. I might probably even start knocking on their doors. Literally. Okay, maybe that’s a bit too much, but yeah… You get my point right? He has to be there for you when you need him and your relationship shouldn’t just be the heart stopping, erotic, libido rising kinds. So yeah, GOOD JOB DEAN YOUNGBLOOD! I don’t care if you’re fictitious. You’re going places! Love you! So much. Really. Love. You. Call Me.
I love this book.
Food for thought: There was a film way way back, when your momma was still hotter than a chinchilla, wherein they made a movie called “Youngblood” about a hockey player named Dean Youngblood- OHMAHGAWD! Right? Anyways, he was played by Rob Lowe- a very young, hot, and totally gorg Rob Lowe, who isn’t 51 and secretly bald (Blame The Interview).
dean youngblood
I pixilated it for you, so we can get that image set into our minds and hearts.
HUBA. HUBA. Mika Likey.

Love your bae,

Mika Reyes
#Angry, #Happy, #Sad

A Letter To Those Who Haven’t Been To Prom (The Truth on Prom)

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

Prom will be nothing like you expect it to be. Prom will not be an 80s Romantic Comedy or a 2010 movie released by Disney. You are not going to prom with your best-est guy friend and suddenly sneaking sweet nothings with that hunk you’ve been eyeing for the past year. You are not going to setup an amazing prom only to find out that the shed has been burned, so you have to rebuild everything in 2 weeks with the hottest bad boy in your school. Your prom will hella not be a movie. Your prom is reality and sometimes reality is simple. Prom isn’t a magic spell cast on everyone to suddenly believe that everything is alright and everyone will get along.

The girls who have judged you throughout the year will still judge you and your prom dress or your prom date, the guys who have always power tripped on other guys to look superior will still do so, and the guy who has been too torpe to talk to you all year will still be too torpe to talk to you- unless he has a little push from his friends. People aren’t going to change for a “magical night” and bad things can still happen even if its prom night. Don’t ever think that people would stop their overriding emotions, prejudices, and prideful souls for a night. Don’t think that things will go your way just because its prom- some people can be really insensitive (Yes, even during prom).

Media should really stop feeding us all this BS about prom being the day we all forget who we were for the past years in high school and just unite as one student body. The whole student body will not be experiencing a mass amnesia attack, wherein everyone will forget all the wrong doings you did throughout the years.

I make it sound as if all hope is lost during prom, but that’s not my point here. My point is that prom doesn’t create magic or spontaneous silver linings, but it creates hope; Hope that gives you a chance to try asking her out for a dance, hope that gives you the courage to grab your best friends and rave your hearts away, hope that gives you the competitiveness to try winning an award, and hope that gives you room in yourself to actually try coming out of your box.

Maybe the girl you’ve been crushing on won’t like you back, but she might dance with you. The cute quiet guy in your batch might not be the most outgoing person in the room, but he might start up a few small conversations with the people in his table. The girl who thought she wouldn’t be coming home with a bouquet of flowers that night, might be doing just that as she leaves the venue. The thing about this is that it’s all up to you. You’re given this boost of encouragement from all the beautiful decorations and people to live the moment and take it all in. You make your own night.

You do not wait for the right time to make the right move. You just do it, because if you won’t then no one will do it for you. If you want a great night, then you better do something about it. Remember it’s your night not anyone else’s. At the end of the day when you change out of your dress or suit you’ll be thinking about your experience and you will never regret anything that you’ve done because at least you tried. This is your moment to shine. Don’t let anyone take this opportunity from you.

In the event that you weren’t able to do everything you wanted to do, you should take prom as a training ground to practice daring yourself every step of the way of your life.

Good luck boys and girls!


Mika Reyes

Mika Reyes


#WritingisHard: Long Essays

Hola Internet,

I haven’t been blogging for the longest time, so I’m sorry blog. I miss you. #Sepanx much. Anyways, if you guys didn’t know, I am a member of the Candy Council of Cool this year. It’s like a student internship for Candy Magazine. I got in during November last year and I realized that whenever the teacher/editor/someone superior gives you a writing assignment, whatever word count it is, it’ll be hard.


You get a 5 paged, 10,000 word essay assignment in your English class and you look at your teacher mortified.


Then you start writing, but you’ve only reached 5,000 words in 2 pages


so you just repeat the “important points” over and over again but in different ways.

love her

You even place a graphic representation because whats an essay without a graphic representation? (Plus, you need to make sure it reaches 5 pages. Right, Honey?)


Finally, you’ve created a 5 paged 10,000 word essay that hasn’t been proofread

but its too long to proofread

so you ask your dad to do it and he declines because he’s too busy

then you ask your mom and she declines because she’s too busy

you ask your friends but they decline because they’re still doing their paper

so you resort to your younger sibling.

Nobody, including you, would wanna do it anyways so you just let her do it.

While she’s proofreading you gallivant with your friends.

By the time you start caring again it’s the day before your deadline and you have decided to read the final paper.

You find punctuation marks that aren’t supposed to be there and a bunch of misspellings

because in truth your sister didn’t actually proofread it she just said she would so you would stop whining about your paper.

You don’t have time to get mad because you need to get that paper proofread

You go to school the next day and ask to see your classmates papers, so you can compare your answers.

Then you realize all your classmates have something in their paper that you don’t. It could be a damn rubric you forgot to print out, our you forgot to put margins, maybe even a different line spacing, but the worst would have to be they printed it and you wrote it down in intermediate pad paper.

You’re fed up, so you’re grumpy the whole day.

You now have to pass your paper and because of all the anger you just give it up. Not looking back once.

But you do look back. Then this happens…

and your teacher goes…


Well, this is my article on passing long essays. Welcome back to school, mustafas!